This past week artist Urs Fischer needed help making clay objects for his upcoming April 21 through August 19 MOCA show. The happening circulated around online all week and we were very intrigued by the idea of doing an all day clay play with Urs Fischer, featuring a catered lunch with his personal chef. We signed up with little expectations outside of making clay things for a few hours. What was the happening? An insane (in a good way) clay free for all loosely moderated by Team Urs. It also functioned as a very, very loose preview for the show as there doesn’t seem like that much more can go into it as almost the entire floor (and some walls) of the MOCA Geffen space is covered in clay creatures and the dust they give off as they age.
Rios Clementi Hale Studios is a Larchmont Village based architecture studio who have been up to a lot lately. Even if you don’t know their name, you definitely know their work. For example, they were the people in charge of redoing the Hollywood & Vine Metro courtyard. They also headed the making of Downtown’s Grand Park, made Woodbury University a new studio building, and renovated the Century City Westfield Mall. They’re doing everything! They also have quite a local residential projects too, which they bring an equal amount of innovation and creativity to as well. Their House Of Love (Biet Ha-Ahava) is a shining example of their work placed onto a really unique yet modern home project. Who wouldn’t want to live in a house “wrapped in love”?
Fleurette West sits on the patio of the house she lives in. She eats a bowl full of fresh fruit as she casually reads over an issue of Slake that she found while cleaning. She doesn’t live far from Figueroa Street in Highland Park and very much enjoys the part of town that she’s found herself in. The neighborhood and city have had a large influence on her work as a painter, too.
“I feel pushed by the city and I feel like my art, in a sense, is pushing the city back. I’m not sure if that’s okay, though,” she says. “I’ve lived in Highland Park for a few years now and, at this point, I feel engaged enough with this community to make art about it. Whereas, a few years ago when I first moved here I felt like I wasn’t quite in that position. I am saying something about these spaces–and it is critical. It is not necessarily negative–but it is critical. As artists, we have a responsibility to make sure we own what we say.”
Weekend before Coachella, eh? Well, why don’t we all cram every fucking thing in the world in this weekend! Literally: everything is happening this weekend. We thought Los Angeles would be having a chilled out weekend! Nope: the exact opposite. You’re going to need to know how to navigate this weekend. So, CHECK THE RECAP!!
Samuel Bayer currently has a huge show happening at the Beverly Hills Ace Gallery that sees a series of his giant photos of dissected women thrown up onto walls to watch viewers. The artist is one of those types who has had both artistic and commercial success, balancing both worlds fairly well. He’s certainly an interesting guy whose work is very high gloss and “pretty.” Bayer sat down for a little video to promote his current show where he explains his process and art pursuit and the relationship between making art for art’s sake and making art for cash, which he insists is totally artistic too.